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49ERS’ McDonald Clear of Domestic Dispute; Aldon Smith Returns From Suspension

November 11, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
49ERS’ McDonald Clear of Domestic Dispute; Aldon Smith Returns From Suspension Image courtesy of espn.go.com

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The San Francisco 49ers received a double dose of good news on Monday. According to ESPN, the Santa Clara District Attorney’s office, citing insufficient evidence, will not file domestic abuse charges stemming from a August 31st incident, where McDonald was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence domestic dispute with his fiance.

“Conflicting versions of the event, a lack of verifiable eyewitnesses and a significant lack of cooperation from Jane Doe; we cannot prove a crime occurred,” said Lindsay Walsh, Santa Clara Deputy District Attorney in charge of the case. “In this particular case, there were particular pieces of information missing.”

“The issue of domestic violence is important to us, as it is throughout society,” the 49ers said in a statement. “We have taken this allegation seriously, just as we have taken the principles of due process seriously. We have said from the beginning that we will consider the information available, allow the facts to lead to our decisions and respect the judicial process.

“Based on the information available to us and the District Attorney’s decision not to file charges, there will be no change in Ray’s status with the team.”

The news comes the day before another player who has been in frequent trouble with the law returns after a nine game suspension. Coach Jim Harbaugh announced Speed rushing outside linebacker Aldon Smith will return to practice and will be available to play on Sunday against the New York Giants.

Image courtesy of bet.com

Image courtesy of bet.com

Smith was suspended following an incident where he reportedly caused a disturbance on a flight he was on. Smith has registered 42 sacks in the past three seasons in San Francisco and will be a welcomed addition to a 49er team that has been depleted by injuries.

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